Q: Can a retailer close a store without giving employees notice?
A: Both federal and New York state law require that certain employers give employees advance notice of a large-scale layoff. The NY Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (NY WARN) Act is more protective than the federal law.
NY WARN applies to private businesses with at least 50 or more full-time workers in New York State.
If NY WARN applies, employees are entitled to 90-days advance notice. The notice must provide specific information about the impending layoffs, including whether they are expected to be temporary or permanent and the expected date the layoffs will begin.
Employees who don’t receive the required notice are entitled to damages.
If you believe your employer in in violation of NY WARN, you should discuss your situation with an experienced employment attorney right away.
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